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In-House Advocate - Housing

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Civic Centre, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW
Chief Executives Office
Position Type
Contract hours
Full time
Salary (£)
56496 to 60525
Closing date for applications
31 March 2019


About Hillingdon

Hillingdon Council: Putting our residents first.

About the job

This is an exciting opportunity to take a leading role in the delivery of high quality legal advice and advocacy services for London's second largest council. Our ethos is based on excellent client care to ensure that these standards are met, so as to deliver the council's vision of 'putting our residents first.'

The role will primarily concern advising in-house solicitors, council officers and stakeholders, providing internal legal training, settling pleadings and undertaking advocacy across the full spectrum of local authority housing work, with a particular focus upon homelessness appeals, disrepair, anti social behaviour, commercial leases and judicial review proceedings.

The successful candidate will join a highly regarded legal service with Lexcel accreditation and a proven commitment to on-going professional development.

About the person

The successful candidate will be a barrister or solicitor with higher rights of audience. They will be an expert in housing and homelessness law, with significant advocacy experience and a proven track record of representing clients in the County Court. Experience of trial and appellate advocacy is essential.

Additional Information

We offer a range of Company benefits. These vary according to the business area and role but may include:

  • local government average salary pension scheme
  • free parking (4 days a week) if based at the Civic Centre
  • a 36-hour week for all full-time staff
  • generous holiday entitlement: a minimum 23 days a year (plus bank holidays), rising to 28 days after five years' service. For more senior positions holiday entitlements can rise to a maximum of 36 days
  • career breaks
  • flexible working hours
  • season ticket loan
  • access to a Credit Union
  • on-site staff restaurant at Civic Centre
  • access to a wide range of training and courses
  • discount on a variety of Adult Education courses run by the Council
  • payment of professional fees where these are required
  • discounts at council-owned leisure centres and swimming pools at Hillingdon (Uxbridge), Queensmead (South Ruislip), Highgrove (Ruislip) and Botwell Green (Hayes)
  • cycle purchase scheme
  • car sharing scheme
  • 30% discount on green fees at council-owned golf courses
Disability Confident Employer
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